‘I will gladly spend myself and all I have for you’. – Apostle Paul to the Corinthians in His second letter (12:15)
While this verse is beautiful in and of itself, it stands even brighter when we put it in its proper context.
The Corinthian church is running away from Paul. His own church plant is no longer interested in his leadership. They had invited ‘super apostles’ into their meetings, who had tried to discredit Paul – and make him out to be a fake. Paul is under attack – they think His leadership is faulty and foolish. They have become cynical and cold towards him.
His response to them? ‘I will gladly spend myself and all I have for you’. This is the language of a father, not just a boss, or an apostle – and it reflects the fatherly love of God who, despite our running-away, gladly spent himself for our sake.
Lets be inspired by Paul to spend ourselves on those around us. Let love be our highest goal, and lets build a church that does the same.
I will gladly spend myself!